Jacksonville Jaguars donate $1 million in aid to military vets

The Jacksonville Jaguars will donate $1 million in aid to help veterans assimilate back into their communities when returning from military service, the team said Friday.

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The Jaguars said they will also take a leadership role in the program which gives veterans access to job counseling, skill development and housing assistance.

The Jacksonville area is home to two major Navy bases, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport.

"In my short time in Jacksonville I have seen the impact and the importance of the military here in this community," Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said in a statement. "We're honored to be able to help support and assist members of the military upon their return. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their loyal and selfless service to protect us and our freedoms, and we hope this commitment will benefit many veterans in their pursuit of training, jobs, housing and quality of life with their families."

The donation was announced by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown at an event attended by former President Bill Clinton.

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